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Letting Go with Guy Finley

Letting Go with Guy Finley

Find Release from Seeking the Approval of Others

posted by Guy Finley

One must lose hope in the false idea that winning the approval of others has any real power to quiet the nature within that doesn’t know what else to do with its sense of being incomplete save to imagine itself as being something it’s not. If I am what I believe myself to be, why do I need anyone else to confirm it; and if I am not what I believe I am, then can anyone’s confirmation of this illusion make it real?

The peace of mind we seek is not to be found in the world around us, but rather in the understanding that who and what we are can’t be measured by ourselves, let alone be judged by anyone else. Thought is but an instrument, and no tool or scale can know the value of what it measures. To see the truth of this is to be touched by a grace that comes only with dying to the whole idea that you will ever be able to pocket and save what is truly Good.

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Living with Gratitude and Grace

posted by Guy Finley

We must learn to wish for whatever life brings us, for there is no other way to earn the kind of unshakable gratitude that lets us live with grace.

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The Greatest Gift You Can Give

posted by Guy Finley

The greatest, most “expensive” gift that anyone can give to another is priceless, and yet… it is available in abundance for everyone to give all the time. Not only that, but this same gift rewards its giver in the same moment of being given. This great gift is what we give away anytime we come wide awake to ourselves and — rather than giving out our negative state to whomever is nearby — we give up our negative self instead.

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The Winter Solstice: A Reminder of the Improbable Life

posted by Guy Finley

There is nothing more improbable than the physical world around us, let alone Christ’s life within us. The winter solstice in itself is an improbable act. Right around December 22nd, instead of getting darker every day in the northern hemisphere, it gets lighter. The earth shifts, and light becomes the dominant force instead of darkness. That is highly improbable. We wouldn’t have the seasons without it, and yet we don’t see how improbable it is to even have seasons. The reason none of us see any of this, taking it for granted, is because we’re too busy trying to figure out how to acquire things, look strong, control people, and avoid the ones that we can’t! How improbable is it then that there is a strength that has nothing to do with the way in which any human being will ever greet you or perceive you?

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Paul’s letter to the Corinthians speaks to this kind of improbability: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty… And then a little further on, one of my favorite passages because of the improbability of what it promises if a person would only have ears to hear: My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.

It’s as though a person has to become a child again… that’s how fundamental the spiritual life is.

The way we are now, through a series of conditions and environment, we live with a nature that has produced a wall of resistance to a world that it perceives as being responsible for its pain, and in any given moment, our first task is to not let anybody see us as being weak. So we buy expensive clothes, drive fancy cars, become authorities and have letters after our names, pursuing the things in the world that lend us the power that we so badly think we need in order to not get hurt.

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Instead of turning to that nature in the moment where the condition presents itself, we can recognize that’s not the direction of strength. We turn in a new direction. We remember Christ. We remember God. We remember our own wish to be innocent, to be pure, to be harmless, and we choose as best we can to live from that. Do you know what happens when you make a choice like that? You get to see this legion of images, thoughts, and feelings that have collected and crystallized inside of you. You get to see how their presence has been the guiding factor in your life. And according to the clarity by which we begin to discover that what we derived a sense of strength from is weakness itself, we come out from that nature, and we begin to recognize that what we really want is the improbable life.

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True strength is so improbable because you never care if anybody knows you have it. If you want that kind of life, if you want the true Christ-life — which is what we are meant to have — it’s already there. That which keeps us from seeing it just needs to be uncovered, washed away. That’s the work. It’s what needs to be done, and if you do it, you will enlist the aid of the source of strength itself. When you are touched by that kind of strength, you will find yourself increasingly incapable of compromising yourself out of false strength.

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